Pope Benedict XVI, the head of the Catholic Church, has reprimanded Irish bishops for "grave errors of judgement" in their handling of clerical [trauma, homosexual sodomy, child molestation, beatings, brutality, chronic pedophilia, and satanic ritual sexual abuse he simply refers to as] sex abuse.
[Catholics in the Netherlands are suffering rates almost as high as are German Catholics.] In a pastoral letter to the Irish faithful on Saturday, he ordered a Vatican investigation into the Church's cover-up of the abuse of thousands of children [with molestation and brutality rates higher than any other Catholic country in the world] between the 1930s and the 1990s.
However, there was no mention of any Vatican responsibility in the scandal and no specific punishments meted out to bishops blamed by victims and Irish government-ordered investigations for having covered up years of abuse.
In the letter, Benedict said: "I am truly sorry" for the harm done to generations of Irish Catholics who suffered "sinful and criminal" abuse at the hands of priests, brothers, and nuns. "It is understandable that you find it hard to forgive or be reconciled with the church," he said. "In her name, I openly express the shame and remorse that we all feel." More